Maharashtra Pakshimitra announces the third annual state-wide Bird Census 2012 from the 22nd of January to the 29th of January,2012. Participation is open to all-be they students, teachers, professionals, housewives or senior citizens. This census, initiated in 2010 is an attempt of a state association of bird lovers to collect information regarding the distribution, status and threats to birds. This census will aid protection and conservation attempts by providing a database and a framework for current and future initiatives. Mr. Sharad Apte from Sangli will work as the co-ordinator of the bird census.
All sections of society are welcome to participate in the census. Habitats ranging from tiny backyards to lakes, forests, mangrove patches and open grasslands can be selected for the bird count. The census is to be carried out from 6.30am to 10.00 am and from 4.00pm to 7.30 pm in the evenings on any day from 22nd January to 29th January 2012. The species, habitats, breeding, behaviour etc should be noted in the datasheet.